MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sun, 03 Jul 2022 20:12:37 +0000 US Olympians get red carpet send-off to Beijing http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/9b58312b371346cfb81ed5ff0affa521 Cowbells rang and tiny US flags waved inside an airplane hanger at Los Angeles International Airport as the US Olympic team departed for the Beijing Olympics Thursday morning. (jAN. 27) 9b58312b371346cfb81ed5ff0affa521 Fri, 28 Jan 2022 00:17:12 +0000 SHOTLIST:  RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSLos Angeles – 27 January 20221. US Olympic team members roll their luggage down the red carpetHeadline: US Olympians get red carpet send-off to Beijing2. Delta airlines workers cheer the OlympiansANNOTATION: About 200 US Olympic athletes, trainers and coaches departed for Beijing Thursday to take part in the winter Olympics.3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mac Forehand, US freestyle skier:"I was fully ready for the Olympics to happen this year. I think Team USA and China is gonna do a fantastic job of keeping everybody safe. And yeah, we're really excited to go and do this."4. US freestyle skier Mac Forehand does a backflip on the red carpet5. Members of the US Olympic team pose in front of their airplane6. US short track speed skater Maame Biney takes a photo on the steps of the jet7. SOUNDBITE (English) Brandon Frazier, US figure skater:"It's just so inspiring and exciting at the same time. I mean, this is incredible. Literally living a dream right now."8. Delta Air Lines charter plane takes off for BeijingSTORYLINE:Cowbells rang and tiny US flags waved inside an airplane hanger at Los Angeles International Airport as the US Olympic team departed for the Beijing Olympics Thursday morning. A Delta Air Lines charter flight carried about 200 athletes, coaches and trainers for the games which are scheduled to start next week.Departing Olympians expressed joy that their months of preparation and COVID-19 isolation were finally being rewarded.US figure skater Brandon Frazier and partner Alexa Kniernim happily rolled their luggage down the red carpet that greeted Olympians."This is incredible," said Frazier. "Literally living a dream right now."Athletes headed to the Olympics are facing COVID-19 testing hurdles as organizers seek to catch any infections early and keep the virus at bay. A positive test could mean athletes sitting out the Beijing Games — perhaps even if they're no longer contagious. Olympic officials say they'll be flexible and review the need for isolation on a case-by-case basis. It's part of the complexities of staging a big event in the pandemic. Everyone inside the Olympic bubble will get daily throat swabs for PCR lab tests. Anyone confirmed to be positive will have to isolate until cleared for discharge.China is also demanding the U.S. end "interference" in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which begin next week, in an apparent reference to a diplomatic boycott imposed by Washington and some of its allies.The U.S. has said it will not send dignitaries to the Games, which open Feb. 4, in a protest over China's detention of more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, along with crackdowns on human rights elsewhere in the country.The boycott does not prevent U.S. athletes from taking part in the Games, which are being held under strict anti-pandemic rules. China has also protested what it says are calls within the State Department to withdraw staff and their dependents from the embassy and consulates around China over the tightening restrictions.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Cowbells rang and tiny US flags waved inside an airplane hanger at Los Angeles International Airport as the US Olympic team departed for the Beijing Olympics Thursday morning. (jAN. 27) US Olympians get red carpet send-off to Beijing